Odds & Sods

When it comes to the industry, doc-makers have no shortage of opinions.
Here are the responses to some of RealScreen Plus's online polls this year:
November 1, 2002

Here are the responses to some of RealScreen Plus‘s online polls this year:
Does the rise of factual formats spell the death of documentary as we knew it?
Yes, and it’s about time 0%
Yes, and that’s a tragedy 11%
No, there are markets for both 89%
If you could go back and choose your profession again, would you be:
a firefighter 9%
a politician 5%
a print journalist 15%
a flight attendant 6%
a hemp farmer 15%
exactly what you are now 50%
High definition will become the predominant format in:
1 year 5%
3 years 39%
5 years 37%
never 19%
Is living history a legitimate form of history programming?
Yes 92%
No 8%
The main responsibility for fostering doc production in developing nations lies with:
domestic broadcasters 74%
international broadcasters 26%
Do docs have a place in primetime TV, or are they better served in less
competitive slots?
Yes, docs belong in primetime 94%
Only if it’s ‘special event’ programming 2%
Only if it’s an important current affairs program 2%
No, docs are better served outside primetime 2%
Has lifestyle programming become too much about entertainment and not enough about information?
Yes 79%
No 3%
It has struck a good balance 18%
Is it ever justifiable to film a subject without prior consent?
Never 9%
Only in select circumstances 59%
Yes, if subject is informed before broadcast 32%

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.